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    I'm under 16, would've voted remain
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    1,872
    41.10%
    I'm under 16, would've voted leave
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    300
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    (Original post by caitstokes)
    I am from England. I and many other people around my age (16) and my brothers' age (20) believe that the UK should have stayed in the European Union.

    I don't want anyone to blame the whole of England for the Brexit happening, as there is still the 43% of people who wanted to remain and most likely some of the people who voted leave, who are now very disappointed and regretful.

    I am sorry that some people's optimistic beliefs of success outside the EU overthrew the actual facts and benefits that the EU gave us.

    As many people have said, it is saddening to think that the people who threw the vote are the older generation who the Brexit will most likely not effect.

    I now have little prospect to go to University abroad or even in the UK due to the cost, I have no idea how life will be outside the EU but I don't hold high hope for it. However, I do wish that 16-17yr olds could've been allowed to vote as I believe it would have made a massive effect on the outcome.
    Don't worry we'll be fine without the EU. We can finally be run by our elected leaders instead of bureaucrats from Brussels.
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    I don't know if they could of changed it or not, but i think that they should of been given the opportunity to vote on their future. x
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    (Original post by CrazyKittenLady)
    I don't know if they could of changed it or not, but i think that they should of been given the opportunity to vote on their future. x
    So why stop at 16?

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    Didn't the Nazis start recruiting kids when they were loosing?
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    (Original post by otester)
    Didn't the Nazis start recruiting kids when they were loosing?
    *losing, god youre dumb
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    Doesnt really matter. I bet if we redo the referendum altogether REMAIN would win.

    Point is, the young people have to live with the decision that the elderly made for us. One which we did not want.
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    We should have been given the chance as it is our future. It may not have changed the overall vote but it may have meant a different approach to campaigning from both sides which is what was needed to have changed the vote as the Remain campaign was weak and sadly dispassionate in comparison to Boris Johnson and Leave. At least if we had a say in our future we would be slightly less angry at the result now that old people have changed it for us. Selfish xenophobes have not thought of their children and grandchildren and this had led to todays situation.
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    (Original post by gmus)
    We should have been given the chance as it is our future. It may not have changed the overall vote but it may have meant a different approach to campaigning from both sides which is what was needed to have changed the vote as the Remain campaign was weak and sadly dispassionate in comparison to Boris Johnson and Leave. At least if we had a say in our future we would be slightly less angry at the result now that old people have changed it for us. Selfish xenophobes have not thought of their children and grandchildren and this had led to todays situation.
    Democracy produces bad results at the best of times, adding more brainwashed naive people to the mix isn't going to help.
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    Nope. Not a chance. The numbers just aren't there to do it.

    You'd need something like 85% in favour of remain or even more (to account for extra leave votes), assuming a 100% turnout. The national turnout was something like 72%, which is below 1.2M based on your figures, and therefore 16-17 Y/O wouldn't have had a chance to swing it. They only would've made the results closer, but it wouldn't have swung the vote the other way.
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    My god....
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    nah they wouldnt have done anything. Not to mention most of you know nothing and wouldnt even turn up to vote. I mean not many 18-24 turn up.
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    (Original post by niv1234)
    I think so. I'm currently in Year 11 and we were talking about this in our form class. There are 24 of us and only 2 said they would vote leave.
    Those who are less educated and usually the older generation decide to vote leave. But for the older generation, the changes made to Britain wouldn't really affect them as they've lived their life, haven't they?
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    (Original post by auntpolly)
    Those who are less educated and usually the older generation decide to vote leave. But for the older generation, the changes made to Britain wouldn't really affect them as they've lived their life, haven't they?
    I totally agree.

    Watch these videos?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZiH3L3XpJHY
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w0Y89dfR8v8

    They are really funny but not meant to be offensive.
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    (Original post by niv1234)
    I totally agree.

    Watch these videos?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZiH3L3XpJHY
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w0Y89dfR8v8

    They are really funny but not meant to be offensive.

    Thanks for that. And out of interest, how old are you?
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    (Original post by auntpolly)
    Thanks for that. And out of interest, how old are you?
    I'm 16, what about you?
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    (Original post by niv1234)
    I'm 16, what about you?
    Yeah, me too Female
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    (Original post by auntpolly)
    Yeah, me too Female
    Oh, and my name isn't actually Polly, that's just a joke
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    (Original post by auntpolly)
    Yeah, me too Female
    Oh ok. I found another if you are interested.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W9MFho7Rju4

    Have you just done GCSEs?
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    I genuinely think the result would have been very different if 16-17 year olds could vote. It's our future, every university chancellor said they support remain so this is going to cost a lot for students.
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    (Original post by niv1234)
    Oh ok. I found another if you are interested.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W9MFho7Rju4

    Have you just done GCSEs?
    Oh I found those hilarious ! People need to be more light hearted !

    And yeah, I actually completed my final GCSE today, it was Further Maths and there was actually only 8 us, I was the only girl Physics last Friday was the last exam for the whole year group and everyone was hyping over the end of exam, but we couldn't. But now, I'm free !
 
 
 
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